HUNTSVILLE — Stan Brock’s Remote Area Medical group treated 632 patients and rendered more than $370,000 in services here over the weekend, as RAM hosted its seventh-ever free medical clinic in Scott County at Scott High School.
This year’s clinic was a rarity — instead of patients being turned away, volunteers were actually looking for ways to stay busy at times. According to ALQI’s Terrie Cross, 800 patients had been planned for but, as it turned out, certain areas were closing at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon — earlier than scheduled — due to a lack of patients.
Still, the clinic was called a resounding success. A team of dentists and dental students from Queens in New York City were on-hand, having made the drive to Huntsville. A team of optometrists and optometry students from Mississippi made the drive as well, as did volunteers from Chicago and Alpharetta, Ga., to name but a few.
In all, 19 states were represented by vehicles parked in the parking lot. And it was not just volunteers who made the drive. Patients drove far, as well.
“We had patients from Johnson City, Cleveland, and near Nashville,” Cross said.
Dr. Danny W. Cross worked throughout the day on Saturday in the eye glass department, while local dentists Danny Chacko and Caleb Thompson worked both days, with assistance from Dr. Spencer Ellis during the morning rush hours.
Cross praised all of those who extended a helping hand.
“The food that was provided was sincerely appreciated by the people who came out to the tented area to grab a bite to eat and finally sit down for a few minutes before continuing,” she said. “Without the fire departments and rescue squad, the parking and handing out of numbers would not have gone as well. But they had the process well in hand and people were very pleased.”
Even janitors and other staff members at Scott High School turned out to make sure the event went off without a hitch.
“Ron Brewer with RAM said it was the smoothest setup ever,” Cross said. “I asked what made it smooth and he said the workers just seemed to take a task and run with it, knowing what to do with the instructions. He said they look forward to coming to Scott County because things do run smooth.”